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Month: October 2018

Creepy Carrots!

Posted in holiday, picture book lesson, second grade, and TTESS 1819

Second graders came to the Jackson Library today and had fun with an October classic, Creepy Carrots! We discussed cause and effect, read the story, and they identified causes and effects involving Jasper the rabbit. Sometimes they had to identify the cause and sometimes the effect.

CAUSE                                                         EFFECT

Jasper started taking carrots                   The carrots began to follow him

Jasper had nightmares.                            He called his dad in his bedroom.

Jasper was worried.                                  He devised a plan/idea.

Jasper built a fence.                                  The carrots were happy.

At the computer station, the kids played Carrot Crave on the Cool Math website. 

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Creepy Carrots

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Carrot Crave

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Be sure to get the sequel to Creepy Carrots, Creepy Pair of Underwear! Out now! 

 

Can You Stack the Cats?

Posted in apps, and Pre-K

Can you stack the cats? Pre-K can! Both classes had fun with this Susie Ghahremani (@boygirlparty) book in the Jackson Library! I like how the cats want to be stacked in small groups so they don’t tumble- then the kids are adding 3 cats + 3 cats instead of 6 because what happens with 6 every time…? The story is perfect for Pre-K and the illustrations are delightful!  Fun!

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Abrams reviews

Stack the Cats

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Step by Step stack up app

Monster Trouble

Posted in apps, reading skills, and second grade

Second graders enjoyed a fun read aloud in the Jackson Library last week titled Monster Trouble by Lane Fredrickson and illustrated by Michael Robertson. We follow Winifred Schnitzel, a little girl who is not easily frightened but is annoyed by monsters interrupting her sleep. She devises several plans to deter them with one finally succeeding in the end. Great opportunities abound for students to use context and picture clues to determine the meaning of unknown words in this story. I like how the author created Winifred full of gumption and innovation and I like how the illustrator gives each monster personality and conveys a myriad of emotions Winifred has when dealing with her annoying visitors. 

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At the tables during check out, the kids enjoyed the interactive read aloud app, Even Monsters Get Sick.

Even Monsters Get Sick app

 

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Michael Robertson RT

There Was an Old Monster

Posted in apps, holiday, and Pre-K

Pre-K had fun today with the Emberley family story, There Was an Old Monster. First we read the story. Then the kids came and put the animals in the monster’s stomach in the order that he ate them. They were surprised at the end when a big neon lion came and ate the monster! We listened to Rebecca Emberley sing the fun song and we did the If You’re a Monster and You Know It dance. At the tables, the kids played with Sago Mini Monsters and Ed Emberley’s Go Away Big Green Monster apps. I am disappointed that the GABGM app is no longer available in the US – I still had it on my iPads from last year. It looks like now it is only available in the Romania iTunes store. Maybe they’ll add it back soon! Before we left, we sang Ms. Patterson’s class version of If You’re a Monster and You Know It. (video below)

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Go Formative

Posted in apps, assessment, fourth grade, holiday, poetry, technology, and TTESS 1819

Fourth graders came to the library this week to explore different formative assessments. Yesterday we tried Pear Deck but it isn’t ideal for the library in that each student has to log in to his/her Google account and we have to share iPads (work in pairs). So today we tried GoFormative and loved it! I gave each pair of students a Pokemon character’s name on a card and that was their login. Then I gave them all the same password. I set up the class in advance on the site and I took screenshots of a Google Slides presentation I had ready about spooky poems. Then I entered the questions in GoFormative. I like all of the media possibilities- you can import a pdf, video, ask them to draw something on the screen, use multiple choice, audio, etc. I also like how the students can answer at their own pace. In the settings, I marked the choice for ‘after student submits.’ It will be interesting to see how this lesson goes the rest of this week!

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Reading Comprehension of Literary Text/Poetry:  Students make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of poetry and provide evidence from text to support their understanding. Students are expected to explain how the structural elements of poetry (e.g., rhyme, meter, stanzas, line breaks) relate to form) (e.g. lyrical poetry, free verse).

 

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Choose the assessment you want them to take (in background screen here) and then choose your class (Jackson Library).

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In optional settings, choose ‘return scores’= after student submits.

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Now give the students a QR code or bookmark the Go Formative login screen. Then they are ready to login and click their assignment.

SAMPLE STUDENT LOGIN CARD

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Spooky Poems

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Fright School!

Posted in apps, first grade, holiday, picture book lesson, and reading skills

Last week in the Jackson Library, first graders had fun with a new spooky story, Fright School, by Janet Lawler. There are excellent vocabulary words in the story, so I created an interactive poster with words and corresponding pictures. We used context and the fun illustrations to determine the meanings of the words. During check out, we had fun with Amanda Noll’s I Need My Monster interactive storybook app and no spooky library lesson would be complete without doing The Monster Shuffle dance at the end!

words studied: scolds, seeping, relish, foul, clutch, quake, peer

 

 Fright School

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Fright School lesson

I Need My Monster book app

Janet Lawler’s site

Halloween Motel Factile

Posted in fifth grade, games, holiday, reading skills, technology, and TTESS 1819

Last week in the Jackson Library, fifth graders played a Jeopardy-like game called Factile.

I created questions in categories based on the book, Halloween Motel, on a Jeopardy-style board. Then I purchased the Premium version of Factile to 1) print out my questions and answers and to 2) be able to play in Buzzer mode. If you use the free version, you can still play but you have to have the teams take turns or determine yourself who raised their hand first. In buzzer mode, the computer tells me who buzzed in first by putting a yellow thumbs up on that team’s avatar.

First, you open your saved game in Factile and then click ‘Buzzer Mode’. Then it generates a code like Kahoot. Give one iPad to each team captain and have them type in the code. Then you start the game and choose a category and question amount. The computer will tell you who buzzed first and then you either click the check mark to issue their points or the red x to deduct points. The kids loved it!

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TEK 2d: I can identify the meaning of common idioms in the story. 11b: I can identify details that contribute to the theme and can draw conclusions about the ending.

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Halloween Motel answer key
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Boo! Haiku

Posted in augmented reality, fourth grade, holiday, poetry, and writing

Fourth graders came to the library to write fun, spooky poems full of imagery. After reading Caswell and Shea’s Boo! Haiku book, the kids created their own spooky-themed poems. They had to choose a topic and then had to describe it well enough so someone could guess the topic. I made a fun interactive bulletin board of these so the kids in the school could guess the topics. What great writers we have at Jackson! 

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Grade 4

LT: 16 G: Writing/Literary Texts: I can compose poems that convey sensory details using the conventions of poetry (genre characteristics and craft).

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boo haiku bulletin board
 

Student sheet
boo haiku stu sheet
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no haikuSamples from last year

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Augmented Reality Pumpkin Carving w Quivervision
When they finished writing, they had a choice to share their work on FlipGrid or to create a spooky augmented reality pumpkin on Quivervision. Did you know you can now upload your creation to the Quivervision gallery online? Awesome!
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